Alexander Volkanovski

The Great

Australia

Facing Holloway in July
FeatherweightUFC
May 4, 2022
Volkanovski is finalizing a fight against Max Holloway at the UFC event in July, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
Although the fight hasn't been officially set yet, it appears that Volkanovski will battle Holloway either July 2 or July 30 at either UFC event. It'll be Volkanovski's first time in the ring since defeating Chan Sung Jung via TKO (punches) back on April 9 at UFC 273 in Jacksonville. Volkanovski holds a 24-1-0 UFC fighting record while his counterpart, Holloway, is 23-6-0.
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Easily retains UFC gold
FeatherweightUFC
April 9, 2022
Volkanovski successfully defended his UFC Featherweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Chan Sung Jung via TKO (punches) at 0:45 of Round 4 at UFC 273 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Every single title fight the UFC makes at 145 pounds is simply the appetizer to the eventual third meeting between Volkanovski and top contender Max Holloway. The company tried to book them here before Max was forced to withdraw due to injury. Jung stepped in, and the champion proceeded to beat the challenger from pillar to post. We long ago learned that no featherweight on the UFC roster can compete with Volkanovski in a striking battle, and this performance from the Aussie just reinforced that fact. The toughness of Jung is the lone reason this fight lasted as long as it did. The Zombie's corner (or the cage side physician) should have stopped the fight after Round 3 because he's too tough for his own good. Neither did, but referee Herb Dean made a brilliant decision to halt the action just seconds into Round 4. It was another epic performance from Volk, with a third fight between he and Holloway seemingly next on the docket. Should that not come to pass, Volkanovski has also hinted at a possible move up to lightweight should Dana White and company offer a title shot. In the meantime, Volkanovski will take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, as well as an extra $20,000 in crypto via a fan-voted sponsorship deal.
Title defense scheduled
FeatherweightUFC
January 11, 2022
Volkanovski will defend his featherweight title against Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 on April 9, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway to secure the division title back in December of 2019. He's defended his title in a rematch against Holloway in 2020 and later against Brian Ortega in 2021. He's now undefeated in 10 UFC fights, though his last four have come via decision. Jung owns a mediocre 4-3 record across his last seven fights but earned a title shot with his decision victory over Dan Ige in June.
Survives to retain UFC gold
FeatherweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Volkanovski retained his UFC Featherweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Brian Ortega via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-44) at UFC 266 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It ended up a rout on the scorecards, but Volkanovski had to survive in order to earn his 20th straight win. For the most part, Alexander was in full control. This majority of this bout was spent on the feet, and Volkanovski proved to be far quicker and more powerful than Ortega in that area. The hairiest moments of the fight for the champion came in Round 3, when Ortega nearly choked Volkanovski out on multiple occasions. Daniel Cormier was convinced during the broadcast that Alexander was done, but he proved his toughness and elusiveness once again. Volkanovski is an elite fighter with no significant weaknesses. He's a boxer by trade, but his cardio is exceptional and his submission defense, as shown here, is terrific. This fight could have ended much, much earlier was it not for the remarkable durability of Ortega. In fact, Volkanovski can likely thank Ortega's toughness for helping him take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus. Looking ahead, Max Holloway is scheduled to fight Yair Rodriguez in November. Assuming Holloway wins, all roads appear to lead to a third fight between the two. Volkanovski won the first two via decision, although the second was of the split variety and many felt Max deserved the call. Buckle up.
Expected to fight Ortega in September
FeatherweightUFC
June 9, 2021
Volkanovski is expected to take on Brian Ortega for the featherweight title at UFC 266 on Sept. 4, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski and Ortega were originally scheduled to face off back at UFC 260 in March, but Volkanovski caught COVID-19 and knocked him out of the bout. The reigning 145-pound champion will seek a second title defense after back-to-back wins over Max Holloway. This will be Ortega's second attempt at the featherweight title, after coming up short against Holloway back in 2018.
Set to coach TUF Season 29
FeatherweightUFC
April 19, 2021
Volkanovski (illness) will coach season 29 of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Brian Ortega before defending his featherweight title against Oretega following the conclusion of the show, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski was originally supposed to face Ortega at UFC 260 on March 27, but he came down with a positive COVID-19 test, effectively cancelling that date. After coaching the first season of TUF since 2018, which will feature bantamweights and middleweights, Volkanovski will then take on the opposite coach, as is tradition. An official date hasn't been set yet, but the show is supposed to begin filming in late-April. Volkanovski was listed as high as a (-200) favorite prior to the late cancellation of the original fight, and while COVID-19 seemingly affects everyone differently, he'll presumably be a betting favorite of similar magnitude next time around.